Just like Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley also go into the second leg of their npower League 2 Play-Off semi-final, trailing 2-0.

John Coleman's side were two behind at half time at Stevenage courtesy of goals from Stacy Long and former Stanley man Joel Byrom.

Things will be different tonight though when they are at home, where they are unbeaten since January 18th. Stanley took 31 points and scored 29 goals in their last 11 home games captain Andy Proctor is urging his side to make that form count:

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph he said: "If we pulled this off it would be the greatest win certainly in my time at the club.

"I think the first leg was our worst performance of the season and we could have been 4-0 down at half-time, but fortunately we've got a second chance. The first goal is going to be massive and if we can sneak that it's all to play for.

"It could be our last game of the season so we've got to put absolutely everything into it.

"We don't just want to limp out having had such an impressive season.

"We've just got to do ourselves justice. If it's good enough then great, but we don't want to have any regrets come the end of it."

Stevenage will believe they are well placed to secure their place at Old Trafford and edge closer to their second successive promotion, after winning the Blue Square Bet Premier last season.

Boro won as many games away from home as at home during the normal season, with nine, including victories at Oxford United, Burton Albion and Port Vale and they are going to Accrington to make it 10.

Speaking to the Comet Manager Graham Westley said: "It's a tough place to go - we know that because they've got a great record at home - but they had a great record coming into the last game when they were 13 unbeaten and eight years unbeaten on television.

"They made a lot of that and we knew we had to smash a couple of very big records if we were going to win the other night. So, going into this one, we know all about their home record and becoming the fourth side to win there won't be easy but that's what our mindset is.

"The players are relishing it, obviously. The chance to get to a Play-Off final in their first season up is one they're all looking forward to."


The head to head for this season now stands at one win apiece, while the other match ended all square.

The first match at the Crown Ground in November ended with a 1-0 win to the home side with Sean McConville scoring the only goal of the game.

When the sides met again in February Boro took a 2-0 lead with goals on 7 and 78 minutes through Byron Harrison and Laurie Wilson only for Stanley to hit back late on. Gornell netted with just two minutes to go before Andy Proctor struck in injury time to secure the draw.

While Sunday's meeting obviously ended with a 2-0 win to the home side, who raced to a two-goal lead at the break. Long opened the scoring on 24 minutes before Byrom doubled the lead on the stroke of half time.

Friday's meeting is only the 10th meeting between the clubs with six having come in the Conference.

Stevenage have the edge with four wins compared to Stanley's three with two games ending all square.

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